September 2008

September 22nd, 2008 - So Made For Me

Aren't these awesome?

I was in dire need of new slippers so when I saw these at Target last week I knew I had to have them. I kinda snatched them out from under Pam (sorry Pam!). I have been wearing them around every day that it has been cool enough. Love love love them.

Thanks everyone for your comments on my bathroom. And to answer a question I got, no it is not blaze orange. It really is a nice dark pumpkin colour, but I realized that it might be showing up differently on your monitor. I still really like it a couple of weeks later, so that is a good sign.

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September 15th, 2008 - Bathroom Update

Many of the rooms in our house were builders white when we moved in. I have slowly been working my way around the house painting hallways, offices, etc. Generally for large spaces I paint something relatively neutral, because I don't want to have to paint it again for a long time. I think that bathrooms or powder rooms are somewhere that you can go much more dramatic for two reasons. One, if you hate it or get tired of it, it is not a huge deal to change it. And two, you can spend more for accessories because you will not need very many to fill up the room.

Thursday morning the bathroom started out like this:

Granted, there was a lid on the toilet, but I had already started to get ready when I remembered I needed a before picture.

Same here - there were covers on the outlets and a towel rack, but I was already on a roll. I even managed to get the tank off the back of the toilet and the mirror off the wall on my own.

I went and picked up a gallon of Benjamin Moore "Golden Dunes" and went to it. By Thursday afternoon the painting was all finished, and I just needed to work on accessories. I had an idea that I would like to stretch some fabric over canvases as art. Friday morning I hunted around town looking for something perfect.

I bought two canvases (16" x 20") as well as some custom sized stretcher bars so that I could have a larger piece on the one wall (21" x 20").

I cut out the fabric to size and busted out the staple gun.

The trickiest part was getting the corners to lie properly.

Once I had those finished and hung in the room, I picked up a vase from TJ Maxx and scavenged the house for a few other accessories. By Saturday morning I was all finished!

Let me tell you - photographing orange and photographing a tiny powder room? Not easy. I am very pleased with how it turned out and that it was a pretty inexpensive update. I can now say that I have one completely finished room in the whole house. Whoo hoo!

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September 5th, 2008 - Tween Bolero

If you happen to be my niece (that would be you Brooke) or my niece's immediate family, please stop reading now. Have you stopped reading? Ok good.

I wanted to knit up something for my niece for Christmas, but I will admit I am a little out of touch with the whole "tween" group. I searched around Ravelry for anything tagged tween, and came up with this cute little bolero which is apparently popular with the 12-ish crowd. I needed to get it done before we go home at the end of the month, so that I didn't have to have additional cost for shipping.

Are you still reading Brooke? Quit it!

I was originally going to make it out of the same Sublime that I have been using lately in aran weight, but I realized that my SIL was not going to have anywhere near enough time to handwash anything. Cotton Ease to the rescue! I have never used this yarn before, but I was quite surprised at how much I liked it. I still need to try it out in the washer and dryer, but I have no doubt that it will work just fine. With a 40% off coupon for AC Moore, this was a very budget conscious project too.

Wow, I didn't realize how well it matched my blog. Huh.

It is quite soft and comfy, so I hope that she gets lot of wear out of it. It took just barely over one ball of yarn, so I have enough left for a baby sweater or something little.

There is a chance it might be too big on her, but I don't think that will detract from the piece. As I said, it also needs a trip through the dryer so it will probably tighten up a bit.

Yeah for nice quick project! And because most of my family is doing something special this year for Christmas, I only have two more Christmas projects to go, neither of which will be knitted.

I am going to try for the third time in as many years to start Rogue. This time though, I really hope to actually finish it. Really.

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September 2nd, 2008 - Reorganization

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments on my SKB, I really appreciate it. I have already worn it out once and it is really comfortable.

A while back you may remember that I was complaining about my studio and not feeling at home in there yet. Not long after that, I managed to score some old locker baskets on Ebay for a very low price. The biggest mess in my studio (both in this one and in my last one) was my fabric. I had never really done anything to organize it, and it was starting to stress me out.

I had no idea what was in there, what was useable, and what needed to be pitched. I finally got up the energy one afternoon to pull down the mountain and sort it. I threw out things I knew I was never going to use, fabric I didn't like any more, and some half done projects that were more than 10 years old. The result?

A nice, tidy shelf of fabric, up off the floor, folded, and organized by type. I have had a couple of months to enjoy this system now, and it is working great. I know where things are, nothing falls over when I pull something out, and I love the look of the old baskets.

This project certainly has made me feel more at home down there, and made it a more functional space. Someday the plans are to finish off the basement, but that is a long way off and in the meantime I am pretty happy with things now. I will post a few completed sewing projects over the next few days.

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